Help me convince dh about Genevieve

(29 Posts)
louloutheshamed Mon 25-Mar-13 19:11:37

Was going through some name ideas today at work and Genevieve got the most 'wow' response, and I realised how much I love it.

But dh isn't keen.

How can I persuade him?

Also, do you think it will inevitably get shortened? We already have a Jen and an Eve in the family so I'm trying to think of alternative abbreviations .... Any ideas?

mewkins Mon 25-Mar-13 21:48:09

The lottery machine was Guinevere not Genevieve. Genevieve is the patron Saint of Paris....and also the name of an old film about a car.
I love the name and dd does too (also the name of Madeleine's dog in the cartoon she is obsessed with!)

ThreeMenFromCarntyne Mon 25-Mar-13 20:29:01

Lovely name

TallulahBetty Mon 25-Mar-13 20:24:18

If your DH would need to be convinced to use it, he clearly doesn't like it. Sorry, i'd pick a name you both want.

fishybits Mon 25-Mar-13 20:21:39

The only Genevieve I know never has her name shortened. She's mid thirty's. She introduces herself as Genevieve and repeats as necessary grin

I think it's down to the individual as to whether it's shortened or not.

elQuintoConyo Mon 25-Mar-13 20:18:52

It's a pretty name but all the nicknames/shortenings are bloody awful! If you want a dd called Gena, just call her Gena or Jenna!

(Rant over)

Spiderfrommars Mon 25-Mar-13 20:17:29

I love this name BUT it will get shortened...something which you will have little control over.If you can live with this I think it is a beautiful name.

ladymia Mon 25-Mar-13 20:11:48

I would not try and persuade my dh, it's important you both love the name.

There are names that I have loved and mine hated so they got struck off the list, just like there were names he loved that I didn't. Would have been pee'd off with him if he had carried on trying to convince me to use a name I didn't like.

Unami Mon 25-Mar-13 20:10:58

I love it too. I would totally go for it, but DP insists it's "too french".

Viviennemary Mon 25-Mar-13 20:09:45

I don't really like it that much I'm afraid.

petitdonkey Mon 25-Mar-13 20:02:37

I know a lovely Genevieve who shortens it to Gena (jen-ah)

I do agree that you have to both love the name though or, at the very least, he cannot dislike it. Does he have any preferences?

Blanketsandpillows Mon 25-Mar-13 19:59:38

I love it! I only know one (in her 30's) and her name is never shortened

TwllBach Mon 25-Mar-13 19:57:52

I love it and it is on my wish list, but I don't know if I would be bbrave enough to use it grin

I also don't really like Jenny, so would push for Ginny, definitely.

CognitiveOverload Mon 25-Mar-13 19:55:11

Don't try and persuade him. Ideally you both have to be happy with the name.

TrishkanOEUFak Mon 25-Mar-13 19:54:46

What is it about the name that dh isn't keen on?

I love it, adore it. Jen, Vivi, Ginny, all brilliant nicknames.

YellowandGreenandRedandBlue Mon 25-Mar-13 19:53:43

I love the idea of Jen, eve & genevieve all sisters!!

outtolunchagain Mon 25-Mar-13 19:49:39

I love this name , very medieval sounding .Have known two and both are mostly called by their full name although have heard it shortened to Genvie.

Ginny Weasley is actually Ginevra which is also lovely

louloutheshamed Mon 25-Mar-13 19:49:36

Sorry, I don't have daughters named Jen and Eve - that would be too much- I mean in the extended (but still close) family- cousins, aunts etc

omletta Mon 25-Mar-13 19:47:06

I love it, it's beautiful and sounds intelligent and thoughtful, but I couldn't use it as it reminds me of one of the machines they used to use (perhaps they still do) to draw the national lottery - sorry

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Mon 25-Mar-13 19:43:52

I have a friend whose daughter has this name. I love it but no matter how hard she tried to get everyone to call her vivi for short, everyone calls her Jen.

DizzyPurple Mon 25-Mar-13 19:34:57

A friend has a daughter called this. She is called Gen or Genie. I always feel sorry for the child (and others) trying to learn to spell it! Sorry, not keen. Bit of a mouthful for me.

ProphetOfDoom Mon 25-Mar-13 19:33:08

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5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Mon 25-Mar-13 19:31:49

We had genevieve on our list and when dd was three days old it was almost her name but i realised everyone would shorten it to jen which i dont like, so we ruled it out.

With a jen and an eve in the family already it will be tricky! But i like vivi as a nickname, trouble is you dont get to dictate nicknames and shortenings.

YellowandGreenandRedandBlue Mon 25-Mar-13 19:31:03

I'm sorry but I'm with your husband, it's a bit too much IMO! Nice middle name though.

It's a lovely namesmile

You could shorten it to Ginny (as in weasleywink) as that is nicesmile or Vivi which happens to be on my short list toosmile

If your DH doesn't like it has he given any of his own ideas to the mix?

elQuintoConyo Mon 25-Mar-13 19:29:11

Is it pronounced 'jon-vee-ev' or 'gen-eh-veev' ?? I get confused. I prefer the second...

I feel it's a bit too close to Jen and Eve - otherwise what would the shortenings be? Jen Viev Viva Jena

And would you be ok having children named: Jen, Eve and Genevieve? Would the last dd be the odd one out, to you?

How about Guinevere?

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